Tuesday September 26, 2023
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Area 10 Blue Cross Care Qualifier

Area 10 Blue Cross Care Competition
Qualifier for the Blue Cross Care Championships 2022

DATE: Sunday 3rd July 2022

ORGANISED & HOSTED BY: Underhill Riding Centre Pony Club
ADDRESS OF VENUE: Underhill Riding Stables, Dolau, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5TL
Entries Close: 17th June 2022

Entry Form now available 

New Area 10 Tet Coordinator

Welcome to Polly Stephens who is the new Area 10 Tetrathlon coordinator – Been (and still) is a Brecon and Talybont PC mum for 17yrs and been very involved in tetrathlon for the last 14 with all three children. 

My no is 07850 561359
Mounted Games Friendly

Please see attached a schedule for a friendly Mounted Games competition being run by the Amman Valley PC.  Mixed Teams are welcome if you’re not able to get a full team up from your branch.

Regionals at 70cm for Dressage and SJ

We’ve had it confirmed that there will be a 70cm class for Dressage (using 70cm eventing test) and a separate 70cm class for SJ, so there will be a class to qualify for at this level, from our Area 10 Area Competitions.

There will be no age restriction on these classes (previously intended for 13 and under).  Anyone who’s previously done 80 grass roots level is not eligible.
For info, here is a link to the Rectory Farm schedule.  Our Area 10 schedules are in the course of being amended to reflect this.
Best wishes
PC vaccination rules reminder
A reminder of the Pony Club Vaccination rules – ALL horses/ponies coming to the Pony Club Championships at Offchurch Bury should have been vaccinated within 6 months and 21days and NOT 7 days prior to the Championships and stop checks will be carried out daily at the Championships by the vets on duty.
This works out that the booster should be given any time from 1st February 2022 but not within the 7 days prior to the day of competing.
The minimum time a horse/pony that has not previously been vaccinated or needs to start again due to a lapse in the administration of the vaccination is 28 days.
Wed 13th July primary injection, 21days later 2nd injection 3rd August and compete on 11st August (first day of Champs).
Endurance opportunities
Endurance really isn’t hard to “do”:
It’s not a marathon. 
It’s not orienteering.
It’s not exhausting.
It’s just a great ride out!
Any members wishing to participate must be 8 years old on the day of the ride, and be 13 years or older on that day, to be allowed to ride alone, without an adult accompanying them  (Endurance GB rules)
Having said that, it’s much more enjoyable to ride as a group of friends along with any parents who might want to join in too!
DCs , CPs – Why not get a few members together and just try one of these rides?? Everyone completing the ride will get a rosette!
A typical ride takes about 2 hours, but of course it depends on the distance you choose – longer distance rides will usually take longer than shorter ones. Hilly rides are different to flat rides – it’s all common sense really.
All you need is a pony that is not lame and at a fitness level to be participating in rallies or schooling once or twice  a week; and hacking for an hour or so on a regular basis.
At this level of fitness, you’d be fine to do up to 22km. (10km is about 6 miles)
All rides are run by EGB. Pony Club branches can run their own rides – but let’s be honest, we have enough to organise without this! (But they can be a good way or raising money for branch funds)
Everyone (member, parent, friend) makes their entry online via EGB Clubhouse
Just create your profile as a Club member (free)
Find a ride you want to do and enter!
Enter ASAP – rides have an opening and closing date, and are often oversubscribed.
Book early to avoid disappointment – full refund if you withdraw before the closing date 
For entry level, go for a Pleasure Ride (PR) – they are cheaper than the Graded Rides (GERs). GERs are like affiliated competition – so no need to start there! 
Please let me know when you have members out and about at a ride – I’m happy to “meet and greet” and get them across that start line and offer any help and advice they may need.
PS: Ride list attached as pdf (easy to read on mobile devices and tablets)
      Ride list attached as Excel (Easy to add all your other “life events” like birthday’s, holidays and PC rallies – make a ride planner for your season!)
Kind regards, Fiona Williams
Bicton, The Elms and Tet training

Please see info and attachments about some forthcoming events and training.

I’ve added some advance info re the Bicton Inter Area Tetrathlon to encourage competitors to save the date. Please feel free to pass on and publicise. More info and actual schedule to follow shortly from Gill Whetman.

Please see the attachments about a training clinic .  Heather Mccalman will post on FB and send to Area 18 tet  branch reps. She has  requested that you send any feedback or queries ( it is mid GCSEs!! so maybe we will get  younger kids than we had hoped !) Please email her at <walesandborderstet@gmail.com>

Another date for your diaries.  The Elms Tetrathlon / Triathlon will be held on Sunday 1st May, not in June, this year. This is because of so many Bank Holidays, etc when no one will be at school. The schedule will be out next week.

Hope that all is well with you and that you’re making the most of improved weather!  Kind regards

Endurance CPD for coaches

The Endurance Committee is working to support more members to take part and try the sport. To help this to take place in branches themselves Robert Blane has progressed an online session for Coaches to support them to find out more about the sport and get members ready to take part.

Spaces are limited to 20 people on the 5th April at 7 pm.

For a summary of the session and to book please see the link below. The session is an approved CPD for coaches and following successful attendance, our PELHAM records will be updated to reflect.


Would it be possible to encourage coaches to sign up where possible?

Many thanks

Zoe Pulling
Development Officer

t: 02476698306   e: zoe.pulling@pcuk.org  

Pony Club Race Days 2022

We’re very pleased to confirm we have 9 Race Days this year and it is looking rather positive that there may be a 10th soon to be available. This is in line with the Pony Racing Pathway progression Charles and I shared in our summer update last year.

The first Race Day is early April, we have 4 race days currently accepting entries. The two new ones to note are Bangnor on Dee and Milborne St Andrews.

If you have members who would be interested in taking part in Pony Racing they can find out more about the Days:


To enter a Pony Club Race Day, the Combination of Member and Pony must have since 1st July the previous year participated in;

  1. a minimum of 2 Qualifying Rallies/Coaching/Training Sessions as per The Pony Club Handbook or
  2. a minimum of 1 (passed) PRA/PC Training Day
  3. attended and Completed a British Racing School or National Racing College Level 3 Training day (Passed)

I very much appreciate your help and support o far with encouraging centres and branches to give racing a try and wondered if you might share that entries are open with DCs/ Centres and via your social media please?

If you have any questions or queries about Pony Racing please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Many thanks

Zoe Pulling
Development Officer

t: 02476698306   e: zoe.pulling@pcuk.org  

Barrier Spring Festival – finals

For those who have qualified for the Final of the Barrier Health Spring Festival taking place 8-10 April, 2022 at Arena UK, the link for the England/Wales Championship timetable and schedules for each sport is on https://pcuk.org/…/barrier-animal-health-spring-festival/